Ruger American

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by jeepboy4life, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. jeepboy4life

    jeepboy4life New Member

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    This is my first post so id like to start off by saying Hi, I'm am avid shooter and I have been for the past 10 years of my life (I'm only 20). I grew up shooting shotguns but I'm starting to get into long range shooting. Anyway back to my question, does anyone have any experience with the ruger American? I'm looking into getting this in .22-250 for varmint and predator hunting mostly. Are there any guns that you would suggest in the same price range (350-500). And what is a good scope for around 150-200 bucks. Thanks in advanced guys.
     
  2. cottontop

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    Take a look at the Marlin XL series. Not sure if they make one in .22-250. If not, the Ruger should be ok. As for scopes, I mostly use vintage scopes in fixed powers, so I can't help you there, but you should be able to get a fairly good new scope for $200.
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  3. jeepboy4life

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    Cottontop, another question for you, I've been looking into fix power scopes and I like some of them, if I was going to get one to shoot say between 100yds and 400yds what power would you suggest? And also what are the advantages to a fixed power scope? Thanks again
     
  5. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I respectfully disagree with cotton top.

    You won't get a decent long range scope much under $450-$500.

    I, too like fixed power in many applications. A 6X42 is a good power for the .22-250 and similar calibers.
     
  6. cottontop

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    A 6x, 8x, or 10x scope will work fine between 100 and 400 yards. I like the fixed powers because they are simpler with fewer parts to possibly break. In use, you don't have to make a decision or be fumbling around changing powers while trying to focus on your target. They are also lighter in weight. I know, some will disagree with me and say that new variable powers never break and some are very light. I guess they are probably right, but I just prefer to use a scope older than most of the folks on this forum. I like the older rifles too. I guess because I too am old and I like things the way they were.
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  7. jeepboy4life

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    After doing a full day of research in different rifles chambered in .22-250, my findings have brought a new aspect into play. I found I rather like the savage 11 trophy hunter XP, this comes with a 3-9x40 Nikon. I'm really having a hard time deciding between the two rifles. I am somewhat leaning towards the savage for the aspect of the after market parts and improvements on it. What do ya'll think?
     
  8. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Find the new guns magazine, they did a big article on the American in 30-06 and liked it. They criticize when they don't like something. The stock has two v-blocks molded into the stock to nest the receiver. This aids in consistency during temperature changes. I believe they said they were ringing the gong at 1000 yards about half of the shots.
     
  9. jeepboy4life

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    If we are thinking of the same article, then that's the one that got me interested in the American.
     
  10. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Redfield and Nikon make decent scopes in the $200-$300 price range.
     
  11. huffmanite

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    While I've handled a few Ruger American, don't own one. Have monitored various gun websites for posts about the American since its introduction. Generally, the posts have been on positive side about the American from its owners....can't recall any negative post from one of its owners. I'd have one by now if it was available in a cartridge I wanted/needed.

    Earlier reply suggested a Marlin X rifle. Own a couple of them and find them to be good shooters. Decent adjustable trigger on them. Think they have a varmit heavy barrel in 22-250. Own a heavy barrel Marlin .308 and it shoots well.

    As to a scope, well, lots of brands and types to think about. But, bargain wise, you should take a hard look at an aspherical Weaver 40/44 model that is a 3.8-12x44 being sold by www.natchezss.com for around $120 plus shipping. Made in the Philippines. Rather good optics in it and it has an A.O. Natchez is selling it for around $70 less than anyone else. It has an aspherical lens system....thats based on a lens system developed for 35mm cameras a long time ago. Has very good brightness and clarity, but is limited to around 12 power max. Own one myself and find its optics quite good....heck of a deal at Natchez on them.
     
  12. bobbywy

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    I own a Ruger American Rifle in 308 and 243. Have a Nikon Buckmaster on the 308 and a Bushnell Elite on the 243. Love the rifles and scopes.
     
  13. dub1686

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    SWFA SS makes a good $300 scope. 6x42 or 10x42 should be good.